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By Angela Charlton

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARIS — France is boosting security at Jewish and other religious sites after blanks were fired at a synagogue west of Paris amid renewed concerns about anti-Semitism around the country.

President Francois Hollande sought Sunday to allay tensions between Jews and Muslims aggravated by a series of violent incidents in recent months. Leading the country with western Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim communities, Hollande singled out hateful extremists for criticism and urged respect for all religions in a country that is officially secular.

He said that authorities “in the coming days, in the coming hours” will increase security at religious sites so they won’t be subject to the kind of attack that targeted a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil on Saturday night.

A synagogue representative said witnesses heard what sounded like a weapon being fired and that police said blanks had been…

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